NY Times: Billy’s Antiques and Props

NY Times: Billy’s Antiques and Props

Aaron Able
Jun 12, 2007

Location Location Location. In Between Skid Row and Starbucks The New York Times profiles the unique establishment Billy's Antiques and Props on the corner of Elizabeth and East Houston Streets. While we've never purchased anything from Billy, he has an eclectic eye and his finds are fun to browse...

Owner Billy Leroy sees his operation as a "...last vestige of the old New York," but we're curious how many $400 dressers ($40 in other parts of the country) he could sell a decade ago. His unique location may be the key to his success:

Billy's has the advantage of sitting atop a large subway ventilation grate, which makes it difficult to build on the site. It is a turn of good fortune that has quite likely saved the place from developers' dreams of condos, lofts or restaurants.

Who has has experience with Billy's? Leave your favorite finds in the comments! Via Racked.
(Photographs by Michael Simon)

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